Common Name: Orcutt’s Hazardia, Goldenbush
Origin/Habitat: San Diego County, Baja Coastal Sage Scrub and
Southern Maritime Chaparral.
Threats: Habitat loss due to human development.
Current Status: Endangered.
Description: Orcutt’s hazardia or goldenbush is a subshrub in the Asteraceae or daisy family. The only wild population in the U.S.A. grows on a small hilltop only two miles from the Botanic Garden. There are only a few populations in northern Baja California. This is listed as a state of California threatened species.
The plants generally grow up to three feet tall and have small evergreen leaves. In late summer they produce small yellow blooms. In a reintroduction project by the California Fish and Game Commission several hundred plants were propagated and planted in a reintroduction effort in several local sites. In 1995 thirty plants in five-gallon nursery containers were planted in the Garden in cooperation with the state and the Center for Natural Lands Management. They were planted in a plot of clay loam soil that had originally come from the same area where the naturally occurring population is found. Most of the plants survived and have since produced several seedlings.